Dedham >Food & Dining > Kikuyama Japanese Steak House
350 Washington St, Dedham, MA | Directions 0202642.248807 -71.172691
Mon. - Wed., Sun. 12am - 10pm;Thu. - Sat. 12am - 1am
Amazing – This place is awesome and fun for adults and kids
They don't make you eat seaweed. Which is nice. – My boyfriend and i have a running gag about how much i dislike japanese food. Mostly it's the sushi (I know, I'm weird), but the fishy/ seaweedy/ tentacley aspects of the cuisine in general are what I find most revolting. Mostly I'm just being funny, because I really do like to try new kinds of food, but I'm not so sure seaweed actually edible. Anyways. We're planning a trip to Japan sometime in the near future, since he speaks the language and has a friend in the Tokyo area, and his concern that I might die of starvation once we get there (because i'm stubborn) prompted him to drag me to Kikuyama.
As far as I know, "Japanese Steakhouse" is kind of an oxymoron since most asian cultures aren't into beef the same way Americans are. Actually, most people who have spent anytime int he east will tell you that it's really difficult to find a really good cut of steak. So I wouldn't say this place is entirely authentic japanese food, but more "pan-asian". The beef here is good-quality and mighty tasty. And really, it's in Dedham, what do you expect??
What you definitely can expect is a really fun experience. The bf and I arrived around 8 on a friday night and it was packed. We'd made reservations for Teppanyaki (you can also eat in their dining room, and they also have a room where you can just have sushi). We walked into a clean, spacious lobby and were promptly whisked away to our table, which we shared with three other groups. In the spirit of authenticity we ordered a Sapporo each, and soon thereafter we were brought soup and a green salad. I was schooled on my chopstick technique, but they also let you have a fork if you're not feeling so dexterous. We ordered from the menu (averaging $20 a plate; you're paying for an experience), and the chef arrived at our table to begin the show, which included a smoking onion volcano and knives flipping around and a lot of FIRE. Oh, and some seriously delicious teriyaki.
I'm feeling much better about our trip to Japan.
Japanese steakhouse houses several Teppanyaki tables and serves a lengthy, pan-Asian menu. – In Short
The fact that Kiku Yama, which bills itself as the state's largest Japanese steakhouse, is located in quiet downtown Dedham comes as a bit of a surprise. Area families surround one of the numerous Teppanyaki tables to watch colorful chefs slice and dice filet mignon and lobster tails. A full sushi bar churns out fresh rolls, and Shabu Shabu hot pot items are also available. The welcoming bar area houses a pair of large TVs.
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